Kelly Knoll is the 14-year-old daughter of Patrick and Synthia Knoll ofMandan, and is an eighth-grade honor student atMandanMiddle School. She is a member of the North Dakota Jr. High Rodeo Division, Mandan Horse and Saddle Club, and New Salem Saddle Club. She competes in pole bending, barrel racing, and ribbon roping.
Kelly is the 2014 ND Jr. High Pole Bending Champion, and was the 2013 ND Jr. High Rookie of the Year. She has been named the 2014 National Jr. High Student Athlete of the Year, and her horse “Snickers” has been selected as the 2014 Professional’s Choice Equine Athlete of the Year. Kelly was recently crowned Miss North Dakota Junior High Rodeo Queen 2014, winning the categories of personality, speech, modeling, interview, application & photo, written test, and congeniality.
Kelly is honored to represent the North Dakota Junior High Rodeo Division, and is looking forward to promoting the sport that she is so passionate about. She states, “competing in rodeo has given me a strong sense of pride when I do well, and a healthy dose of humbleness when I don’t. It has taught me respect for my animals and my competitors, and appreciation for my coaches and sponsors.”
Kelly would like to thank the many generous sponsors who support ND Junior High Rodeo, She would also like to thank her parents, her brother Riley, and her sister Abby, for all the love and support they have shown her every day of her life.